In the middle of the city there is the Shrine of the Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib
[cousin of the Prophet] with its resplendent golden dome and minarets. Great quantities of
priceless objects, gifts of potentates and sultans, are treasured in the mosque. Ali was
the first imam of the Shiites, he died in 661 and is buried here.
Tomb of Ali
Al Yazdi Medresa school
Wadi es Salaam Cemetery
has sixty or seventy rooms, immensely deep cellars and brick-lined wells that plummet down
some one hundred feet. Young divines read and pray here
cemetery is called al Wadi es Salaam,winding through the countless brick and cement tombs,
some modest, some the size of small mosque-shrines
On 29 August 2003
assassinates Shi'ite leader
95 people killed
On 29 August 2003, immediately after Friday prayers at Imam Ali Mosque in the southern
Iraqi city of Najaf, a car bomb was detonated that killed the most prominent Shiite
leader, Muhammad Bakr al-Hakim, and 95 other worshipers.
organize a protest march on a Spanish outpost
march mourning their dead
suddenly turns into a bloodbath
The protestors marched on an fort to
protest the closing of a local newspaper and the arrest of an holy Cleric.
Mercenaries on rooftops ambush them
as payback for Fallujah
During the defense of the authority headquarters,
thousands of rounds were fired and hundreds of 40mm grenades shot. Sources who asked not
to be identified because of the sensitivity of Blackwater's work in Iraq reported an
unspecified number of casualties among Iraqis.
A spokesman for Blackwater confirmed that the company has a
contract to provide security to the CPA but would not describe the incident that unfolded
April 27 th, 2004
troops attack in force killing 64 people
Mexican General Sanchez
Sadr's militia has
been holed up in Najaf for more than two weeks with US forces massed outside in a standoff
described as "explosive" by senior coalition officials
Seven were killed after a US
patrol was attacked, and another 57 were killed when US warplanes
destroyed an anti-aircraft gun..
Some of the coffins Tuesday were taken inside the shrine of
Imam Ali, one of the holiest sites for the world's Shiites, for special prayers for the
dead and then buried in Najaf's main cemetery as the militiamen shouted their support for
Some of the alleged " Anti aircraft gunners "
May 2, 2004
Marines shot 20 Iraqis
May 6, 2004
Marines shoot 41 Iraqis
attacked Shi'ite militia forces around the Iraqi holy city of Najaf on Thursday, seizing
the local governor's offices and killing 41 fighters, a senior official in the U.S.
occupation authority told Reuters
August 7, 2004
Marines kill 300 Iraqis
American forces claimed yesterday to have killed 300 Shia insurgents in
Najaf over two days of some of the most intense fighting since the end of the war against
Saddam Hussein's regime 16 months ago.